#SupporterSaturday w. IDK? CAFE

IDK? CAFE and Justin Eaton have been providing scrumptious and creative tastes for the Children’s Safety Center’s biggest event, the Dream Big Charity Gala, for the last few years. This Tuesday, they are providing an amazing Halloween themed spread for our Open House. Stop by the CSC between 4:00pm and 6:00pm to check it out and read below to learn more and all things IDK?

How did you become involved with the Children’s Safety Center?

We started our involvement with the CSC a couple of years ago by providing appetizers for the Dream Big Gala.  It was the perfect way to showcase our food as well as help support a great cause.  Because of that one particular event, we have been able to meet other groups that also needed catering for full meal fundraisers, so it’s been really a win win.

Why do you continue to stay involved?

One of the primary reasons we stay involved is because of the work the center does for our most vulnerable members of society.  We are also the food provider for Washington county head start programs, so we have a special place in our hearts for the kids.  Also, we believe that giving back to our community is the number one way to stay relevant.

What is your favorite thing about the CSC?

Seeing the outcomes in these kids lives.  Knowing that the kids are going to be in a place where they thrive without fear or abuse, where they are free to be kids.  The hand prints.  Every time I see them it makes me smile , even for just a moment.

Why is it important to spread the mission of the CSC to the community?

Not to be completely cliche, but I believe children are our future.  I don’t have all the stats available, but the amount of neglected and abused kids is staggering to me.  Breaking the cycle of abuse starts with teaching these kids and getting them help.

Fun Fact that people may not know?

I spent a week in Nicaragua on a coffee farm.  While there I got to hand out Christmas presents to all the kids.  They were completely fascinated with my electronic devices and I’ve never felt so much genuine affection from people I barely knew.

Please give some background on yourself and what you do professionally.

Justin is the owner of IDK? CAFE.  Head over to their web-page to learn more about the Eaton family and all the wonderful food they provide www.IDKcafe.com



#MissionMonday w. Sam’s Furniture

Sam and Becky Donaldson moved to Arkansas in 1989 with plans to semi-retire after 25 years with a large retail company in California. In 1991 they decided to open their own business. They opened a flea market called “That Place in Springdale” in downtown Springdale. They slowly begin to sell furniture in the Flea Market and Sam found a new passion. They eventually converted it into furniture only and renamed the store “Sam’s Furniture”. Now 27 years later, totaling at 170,000 sq ft, they have grown to be the largest furniture destination in Arkansas! But to close friends and family, they are still just that little place in Springdale.

Joe and Larra Donaldson are the new faces of Sam’s Furniture. You might have seen them on a commercial or two: “Get It At Sam’s”. Now they are one of the Children’s Safety Center’s biggest supporters by not only sponsoring the Partners Plus Prevention awareness lunch and the Dream Big Charity Gala, but by donating a live auction item and also much needed new couches for the Center’s lobby. Please read below to find out why Sam’s Furniture continues to support the CSC in Larra Donaldson’s words.

 

How did you become involved with the Children’s Safety Center?

Sam’s Furniture was gifted tickets to the Children’s Safety Center’s Dream Big Charity Gala in 2017 and that’s where we were exposed to the great work the CSC is doing. We scheduled a meeting with Emily, the development director at the CSC, and were able to take a tour of the facility. Seeing the handprints and hearing the stories of some of these kids was heartbreaking! We immediately found out how we could get involved and jumped in with both feet.

 

Why do you continue to stay involved?

The fact that the CSC provides these services to kids in these devastating situations, as well as the counseling services they provide for the children, is so empowering; it really shows that they truly care about the well-being and safety of the children in our community.

 

What is your favorite thing about the CSC?

It’s so hard to pick a “favorite” aspect of the CSC because I really admire everything that they do, but I have to choose the counseling services. The trauma that these children face isn’t something that goes away once they are removed from the situation. This is something that they will spend their whole lives dealing with and the fact that the CSC offers counseling to these children is the most important thing they can do for those kids.

 

Why is it important to spread the mission of the CSC to the community?

For funding purposes, the more people who are exposed to the work of the CSC, the more funding the center can get to help provide services to the children. Additionally, I believe it’s important for people to realize that this truly is a big issue in our own community. I myself was blinded to the number of children who are suffering in these traumatic situations and the more people who are aware of what’s going on, the better the chances are for these kids to get help!

 

Fun Fact!

Sam’s Furniture spends a third of their marketing budget on community outreach. We believe that investing in our community and giving to those in need is a vital part of our purpose in the world. “To whom much is given, much is required”- Luke 12:48


CSC Spotlight w. Savanah Thorne

Meet our newest child advocate Savanah Thorne. She has been with us almost two months and is already making a huge difference in children’s lives. Get to know Savannah by reading below.

Where are you from? What college did you attend?
Lee’s Summit, Missouri. I went to K State in Manhattan, Kansas where I majored in Human Development and Family Science.

Do you cheer for and/or call the Hogs?
Only if they’re not playing the Cats! #BILLSNYDER4EVER

Why did you apply to be a child advocate?
I love fighting for people and especially kids. I believe in standing in people’s gaps and helping them when really tough things happen, because people have done that for me when I needed it most. Being an advocate allows me to do just that – I get to stand in the gaps for people who are in need of compassion and support!

Favorite thing about working at the CSC so far?
The team! They’re incredibly supportive and empowering and have already made me feel like a member of the family! I’m really grateful for the way they’ve welcomed me in (even if I refuse to watch Big Brother).

Quick story of your favorite client so far and how you helped them.
I had a case where the kids were taken into care, I made a pretty strong connection with one of the girls, and went to visit her while she was staying at the Children’s Shelter. When she saw me she was shocked to see me and questioned why I came to visit her “of all people”. It was a sweet reminder to see the power in just showing up for kids and how consistency and perseverance really makes a difference for them.

Fun Fact!
I LOVE SQUIRRELS SO. MUCH.


#MissionMonday with our Dream Big Co-Chairs

Nathan Harris and Kirby Jett Harris have a passion for helping, especially when children are the mission. They have worked tirelessly to plan, create and implement our Dream Big Charity Gala for over four years now, serving in various roles on the committee. This year they went a step further by becoming the 2018 Co-Chairs of our 11th annual Dream Big Charity Gala.

Below is an open letter that Nathan and Kirby wrote on why they volunteer and why it’s so important that the community help these children by attending the gala. Tickets are still available and can be purchased HERE

(letter written for the event program)

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping’”

-Mr. Rogers

Welcome to the 2018 Dream Big Charity Gala!  Your participation in tonight’s event is an extraordinary investment in the work of the Children’s Safety Center’s programs and dedicated staff and, most importantly, in the lives of the children they serve.

Thanks to generous organizations and individuals like you, all of the Children’s Safety Center’s services are FREE OF CHARGE to every client, every time. That means whether a family comes to the center once for their initial investigation of abuse, or every week for years of mental health therapy, cost will never get in the way of the healing services they need. You make it possible for children and families to get the vital support and resources they need to heal from child physical and sexual abuse.

As the Dream Big Charity Gala continues to grow, so has the need for the services provided by the CSC.  In 2017, the center saw 679 new cases of abuse, just in Washington County.  That’s one child every 13 hours!  Through the first 6 months of 2018, new cases opened at the CSC are up almost 30% over last year.  At an average cost of $1,600 per client, the center relies heavily on private donations to provide these services, and nearly 25% of that support comes from the community of individuals who participate in tonight’s gala.

Tonight, you will see lots of tiny handprints placed around the Fayetteville Town Center.  These handprints are no different than our own at some point in our lives, or even of our own children’s.  While these handprints have no name, they all have a story to be told.  Each of these children has big dreams and a renewed hope for the future because of the support they received from the Children’s Safety Center.

As Co-Chairmen of the Dream Big Charity Gala, we would like to thank all of the committee members, volunteers, and staff who have worked tirelessly to bring this event to life.  These people continue to amaze and encourage us with their dedication and passion for the work of the CSC.

On Behalf of the Children’s Safety Center, we would like to thank you for your attendance and generous support of the 11th Annual Dream Big Charity Gala!  All of the funds raised tonight will go directly to the local support of children in our community.  The return on your investment is extraordinary – protecting our children, helping them heal, and allowing them to DREAM BIG!

Sincerely,

Nathan Harris – United Bank, and Kirby Jett Harris – Truity Credit Union

2018 Dream Big Gala Co-Chairs


#SupporterSaturday with Catering Unlimited

April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. All across Northwest Arkansas you will see signs and pinwheels displayed to raise awareness of child abuse happening in our community and ways to help like calling the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline number, 844-SAVE-A-CHILD, if you suspect abuse.

On this Supporter Saturday we’d like to highlight a local business that has been a partner of the Children’s Safety Center for several years: Catering Unlimited.

 

How did you become involved with the Children’s Safety Center?

Our company is very family oriented as most of our employees have children, so the CSC’s mission really hits home with us. Not to mention the center is right next door to us here in downtown Springdale, so it only seems right to support our neighbors, especially those that do so much good!

 

Why do you continue to stay involved?

We stay involved truly for the children of Washington County. The thought of any harm coming to our families, neighbors, or friends is heart wrenching and we love that the center offers a safe haven for those who need it. As a community, we understand that we have to help when we can and stick together to have a real impact!

 

Why is it important to spread the mission of the CSC to the community?

We think it’s so vital to spread the mission of CSC here because we have an obligation to stand up for those who can’t do it for themselves. We think our community shares a common goal of doing the most good and we think that the safety center does just that!

 

Fun fact about Catering Unlimited that people might not know?

Fun Facts!  As a Springdale native, our owner Mark has lived here all of his life and started Catering Unlimited in 2001. As our name states, our menus are truly Unlimited–nothing is off the table! Each event we cater is infused with the hard work and dedication of our veteran staff, so a lot of our clients assume that our company is very small when in reality we serve nearly 4,000 meals per week to our clients and friends all over Northwest Arkansas.

 

Thank You Catering Unlimited for ALL you do for the Children’s Safety Center, our mission, and the children we serve.

Check out Catering Unlimited’s Website


#SpotlightSunday Partners + Prevention

Last month, the Children’s Safety Center hosted Partners + Prevention, a lunch fundraiser benefiting the mission of the CSC. As a member of Kappa Delta sorority, (a partner of the Children’s Safety Center), I had the chance to attend to do a piece on the event and even talk to the First Lady of Arkansas, Mrs. Susan Hutchinson. Here’s my takeaway from the event:

Partners + Prevention was held at The Apollo in Springdale, what used to be an old theater has recently been beautifully renovated. I got to the event early so I could get the chance to look around and get a feel for the venue before too many people got there. As I walked around the room the first thing I noticed (besides the food), were the colorful centerpieces on the tables. Each table was adorned with a painted handprint of a child. I’ve been to the Children’s Safety Center before, so I was no stranger to these handprints. I knew that each handprint was the handprint of a child who had gone through the center. I also knew that the hundreds or so handprints around the room were but few among the thousands that cover every inch of walls in the Children’s Safety Center. As I drew closer to the handprints I noticed the tiny placards attached to centerpieces. The placards included the name and age of the child whose hand the print belonged to. Sydney age 4, Preston age 9, Joslyn 13, Joshua 4 months … one handprint in particular drew my eye. It was the handprint of Charlie age 5, and included with it was a quote from Charlie as he talked about where he wanted his handprint to be placed in the Children’s Safety Center.

“I want to put my handprint by the door, so you can give me a high-five every day and say, “Good morning Charlie!”

By the time I had made my rounds circling the room, guests had begun filing in. Parents, children, police officers, First Lady Susan Hutchinson, Eric Pianalto the CEO of Mercy hospital, Garrett Lewis of KSFM-TV … I took it as a sign I should find my seat.

Once everyone had found their seat, First Lady Susan Hutchinson stood up to give the opening speech. A former teacher herself, Mrs. Hutchinson stressed how important it is that we protect our children. Mrs. Hutchinson works closely with the Children’s Safety Center and other like it and travels to educate others on the work and importance of the all the advocacy centers in the state. It was quite obvious from her speech, how much not only time, but heart, she had vested into the protection and awareness of child abuse. After she spoke I felt comforted and proud that she is among the leading women in Arkansas.

After the First Lady spoke, awards were given to partners of the Children’s Safety Center: Johnson & Johnson, Sam’s Club, and Stephanie Graham with Washington County DCFS, all of whom had taken time out of their lives to come and support a cause they believed strongly in.

The final speaker of the event was Garrett Lewis. You may know him as the chief meteorologist of KSFM – TV but few could guess the reason he was there to speak. With unbelievable poise and tact, Mr. Lewis told us his story of being sexually abused as a child. Mr. Lewis spoke so well and with so much strength and ease that I (among others I’m sure), wondered how he was able to tell his story so effortlessly – a story that brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat. As if reading our thoughts, Mr. Lewis explained that he has told his story so many times that he often forgets how hard it is to tell. With time and practice, his story has become easier to tell, not easy, but easier. He explained that the reason he believes he is okay, mentally and emotionally, is because he was able to get the proper care and counseling as a child. He expressed his gratitude for his mother who was able to pay for the help he needed, but he recognized that there are many other victims that are not so lucky. The counseling and care that he credited as his saving grace, are the very things the Children’s Safety Center provides for free. He then told us that he was abused when he was in kindergarten, the same age his son is now. He told us that it’s become harder as an adult because he sees himself in his child and that he never wants his son to have to go through what he went through. Upon saying those words Mr. Lewis gave the first and only indication of just how hard his story was to tell.

Mr. Lewis ended his speech so perfectly that the only way I knew how to properly capture it was to simply use his direct words. He ended by saying, “You never really live until you know what you’d die for … Child abuse is a topic no one wants to talk, but we should talk about it and be open about it. I tell my story because I know that if I can tell my story, that maybe they can tell their story too.”

Despite the sadness and emotion that surrounds the topic of child abuse, Mr. Lewis’ speech still rang of the same feeling I got when reading the quotes by the children who had gone through the center. Hope. Our county is among the leading two counties in child abuse cases. This April is child abuse prevention month and it’s never too late to give. Regardless of what you give, your donations give voice to children who can’t speak. You give them hope and invest in children and their future. If you can’t take my word for it, then perhaps take the word of First Lady Susan Hutchinson who I had the chance to talk to after the event:

What drew you to the Children’s Safety Center? Why do you think it’s so important for children?

My mom and dad had difficult childhoods. It didn’t have anything to do with child abuse but there were different tragedies and it impacted them and shaped them. My mom always taught me how important children were and the lord certainly teaches us that in his word. And then as a soccer mom, with a big strapping 14-year-old soccer player and hanging out with another soccer mom, one day she confided in me that her dad was a pedophile. That was the first time that I saw normal people doing such things. There was so much pain in her life and in her sisters’ lives and she told me that as a child she would pray to the lord that he would die so her mom would marry a nice man. Her prayers didn’t get answered that way but that’s how sincere the children’s’ prayers were for help. They are desperate, and they need our help and they are crying out to god and we are his answer. So, we have to be ready, and prepared, and on the alert and help those children be in a safe place. We need to help these children know that they were never let to live a nightmare, they were meant to have sweet dreams and blossom, and grow, and trust, and love, and happy, and giving, and strong, and get their education and find out if they’re an artist or a scientist or a horse back rider or whatever. We don’t need this man-made trauma disrupting the person they were meant to be or the life they were meant to live. There’s many adults, in prison today in Arkansas that this was in their past and it was a huge stumbling block for them in their development. Life spans are shortened by as much as 20 years, different health problems develop over the years beside the dysfunction that can happen and the sleepless nights as a grown 40-year-old woman … I met a lady like that. But finding someone you can trust to talk and for them to believe you… for them to find adults that do believe and love them anyway and help them get rid of the nightmares … it can be an amazing world when we listen.

Mollie Bond

University of Arkansas – Kappa Delta Sorority

 


#SupporterSaturday with Slim Chickens

April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. All across Northwest Arkansas you will see signs and pinwheels displayed to raise awareness of child abuse happening in our community and ways to help like calling the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline number, 844-SAVE-A-CHILD, if you suspect abuse.

 

One place you will see this awareness is at every Slim Chickens location in Northwest Arkansas. Aspen Grams, NWA Marketing Manager for Slim Chickens, elaborates on this wonderful partnership.

 

How are you partnering with the Children’s Safety Center for Child Abuse Prevention Month? 

All April long, Slim Chickens is hosting a round up campaign in our restaurants. When a guest eats at any of our NWA locations, they can choose to round up their order total to the next whole dollar amount, and the change will be donated to the Children’s Safety Center.

 

Why is it important to spread the mission of the CSC to the community?

The children who walk through their doors could be our family members, friends, neighbors, or patrons of our restaurants. Spreading the word that this organization is on hand and able to help in a crisis can positively impact a child in our community when they need it most.

 

Fun fact about Slim Chickens that people might not know?

Slim Chickens was founded in Fayetteville, AR 15 years ago, and we’ve grown to be in 14 states and three countries. All of our success can be traced back to our amazing base of supporters in NWA, and we are eternally grateful for the opportunity to share meals with the people who make this region of the state great.

 

So eat at Slim Chickens, enjoy their amazing food and to give back to the Children’s Safety Center at the same time!

 

 

 


#FridayReads – Kids Helping Kids

Last April, Katie Radewald, a teacher at Fayetteville High School and a member of the Junior League of NWA, emailed me to ask about a service learning project that her English As A Second Language class could do for the Children’s Safety Center. She explained that in March she had told the class about the CSC and the work we do. They had also been discussing abuse and trafficking and thought this would be a great cause to do a project for. The class decided to raise funds for the CSC by soliciting friends, family members, and neighbors for donations. They also included raising awareness by displaying a banner at the high school with the child abuse hotline number on it as well as pinwheels for April.

Not only did the class collectively raise almost $1,000, but the students also gained self-confidence and a sense of community and belonging. Much of Ms. Radewald’s class is made up of students that are new to the United States. This project was a way for them to help a local cause and also feel like they themselves belonged. And since it was a project for English, they had to write a short essay describing their experience and why service learning is important. The students were very reflective and not only did they learn about helping their community, they learned a lot about themselves!

I asked Ms. Radewald to send me some of the student’s essays.

Here are some amazing and inspiring things the students accomplished and learned:

Student 1: “Service learning brings people closer, that everyone care and understand each others. It can help reduce inequality and isolation in the community. It helps motivate students stay in class, develop critical thinking, problem solving, gain skills with ability to work as a team, and leadership. I had a chance to solicit the donation for the Children’s Safety Center to help the children from abuse. I felt so proud of myself and more confident. I have learned how to explain to people about what I am trying to do more clearly, such as speaking slowly, giving specific purposes, and telling as a politely way.”

Student 2: “I am so happy I can become a member of helping Children’s Safety Center. At first I was so nervous because I never do this before. My first time when I ask people to donate money I was so nervous that I can’t speak fluently. But that person was friendly and I got donation from him. I was happy that I did it! After that I did better and better. Didn’t feel nervous as the beginning, but still kind of shy. The most important thing that is I did something good for those children who need help. I was so proud of that. So I hope everyone can do something for someone in trouble, so that we can have a better world.”

Student 3: “Being a part of something that helped the Children’s Safety Center is my bless. This is such a good opportunity for me to have a new experience in gathering donation. I felt so proud of myself while I’m doing this. I was chilling when Ms. Rad talked about this project, I was imagining how it looks like, I couldn’t breath anymore and couldn’t wait to doing this. Every time I read the introduction about the Children’s Safety Center for the people who I’m asking for donation, it makes me feel I’m a part of it, a small piece in a big puzzle.”

I literally teared up reading about how brave and proud these students were during this project. Most of the people the students asked said no and some were even down right rude. But these kids persevered and continued thinking about the abused children seen at our center and knew they had to help them. I was shocked and so excited when Katie told me the grand total. These students are simply AMAZING and we are so lucky to have them in our community!!!!

Emily Rappe’ Fisher – CSC Development Director

 


Honoring a True Ordinary Hero – Karen Blackstone

Twenty Years in the Making

by Elizabeth Shackelford

I do not even know where to begin when talking about Karen Blackstone, who will celebrate 20 years with the Children’s Safety Center on Sept. 1st. How is it possible? I cannot even wrap my head around how many young lives she has been a part of: as a volunteer, an intern, a child advocate and, for the last 16 years, the CSC’s full-time forensic interviewer (she has conducted more than 4,000 interviews). For 20 years, thousands of children have put their trust in her. Children and families have relied on her for support as a child advocate. Children have shared their deepest, darkest traumatic experiences with her as a forensic interviewer.

As we celebrate Karen this week, I know she wants us to also celebrate the children who have received support and healed from their abuse. I know she wants us to stop at the end of the day and take away something we learned or experienced along the way. As I write this I can even hear her saying, “What was the takeaway you learned, Elizabeth?”

Like the saying goes, “To know Karen is to love Karen.” It is evident not just from the families she helped over the years but also from all the professional colleagues she worked with. Following are a few comments and notes from individuals who have known and worked with Karen:

Karen is a very humble, helpful, and loyal person, a true inspiration. ~ Dan Prier, CSC Board Member

Karen – How fortunate we are that you are still a part of the CSC and without any loss of enthusiasm or commitment after twenty years. I have relied on your insight and wisdom, your stability and leadership, and your humility and character since day number one. You’ve welcomed my questions, been an excellent listener, and always been thoughtful and genuine in your comments. I trust your judgment because I know that when you give an answer, you’ve considered it first. Thank you for your investment in children, in our community, and in bringing professionals and agencies together to make us better. So many have reaped the benefits of your hard work. Kudos to you! And here’s to another 20!! ~ Dana Scott, Victim Assistance Program Director, Washington County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Karen is a true servant to children. Her dedication over the years and the excellent work she has provided the center and our community is immeasurable. Karen is a true advocate and warrior for the children who have been victims of abuse. It is an honor to be a small part of what she does daily. ~ Chris Thornton, CSC Board President

Karen, it’s your day to celebrate! Congratulations on 20 years with the CSC. Your tireless efforts to better protect the children of NWA should be celebrated! You have made an incredible difference in the lives of abused children and it has been a honor to walk along side of you in this journey. Thank you for all you have done!  ~ Rita Farrell, Forensic Interview Specialist, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center

I began working with Karen Blackstone approximately two years ago. I had recently been assigned crimes against persons and had been told Karen was a great person to bounce ideas off of as well as go to her as a mentor. I watched Karen’s zeal for helping children, families and law enforcement and I knew I had been given great advice to speak with Karen when I was lost or confused about circumstances with a forensic interview. Karen has provided me with multiple resources to continue in my growth as an investigator. Karen has been a great co-worker, mentor, trainer, servant and I am most proud to consider her my friend. Karen’s hard work through the CSC and MDT has not only helped me be a better investigator, she has helped more families and victims than can be measured. I know Karen has taught hundreds of law enforcement investigators over her twenty years; those investigators have reached out and taught thousands of cadets and rookie officers the importance of putting the child first in all that they do. Thank you Karen for your passion, years of service, and your friendship! Congratulations on twenty years serving victims and their families of heinous crimes. ~ Det. Kyle Naish, Springdale Police Department

Karen is quick to give others credit for the strength of the CSC team, but she has helped develop the Children’s Safety Center and the team into who we are today. Karen has been the constant for 20 years who has steered the team in the right direction, through all the many changes and staff members coming and going, making sure the team is always following best practices, proper policies and procedures, and always looking out for the best interest of the child however difficult the days may be.

Thanks for encouraging the team, listening for and identifying important issues, and for coming up with solutions. Thanks for being YOU! We all respect you and we all congratulate you on 20 years of serving others.


Dream Big Gala Chair Spotlight w. Sarah White

When were you first involved in the Dream Big Charity Gala? I was first involved with the Dream Big Charity Gala 4 years ago, and served on the fundraising and marketing committee.

How did you become involved?  When I first toured the CSC with my Leadership Fayetteville class. They asked for volunteers and I raised my hand that day. I was worried they were full and I was too late! Haha! Luckily, they took me and have put up with me ever since!

What is your favorite gala memory? Oh gosh! I have so many. Chairing for two years has been really special, but my favorite memory is calling Emily a day or two after and hearing how much money we raised for the center. All that hard work pays off!

What is your worst gala memory or a funny story about something that happened or went wrong?  Let’s see, it would have to be running out of things, hot gluing decorations, the year when I loaded champagne from the loading dock and saw the chiropractor that next Monday. Holy neck! The best is when I had to run to Petco to buy fish! Pretty sure that purchase is still on my pals rewards card. There is always something that goes awry the day or night of. It’s part of the mystique.

Why is it important to see the gala grow and be successful? This is the CSCs signature fundraiser. They count on this gala for not only awareness, but also for funding. In order to guarantee that the center is equipped to serve our community, it’s vital that people come out, open their wallets, and support an organization that is imperative to Northwest Arkansas.

How important is the CSC to our community? The center helps hundreds of kids every year, and is represented by the thousands of handprints covering their walls. It’s these handprints that represent all of the amazing, vital work that the center does for the children of our community from forensic interviews, medical examinations, advocacy, and therapy free of charge. The center helps families get back to their normal after tragedy, and helps kids get back to finding their happy.

Why should people attend this year’s gala, 10th anniversary? The 10th year is going to be bomb and sure to impress! We’ve worked so hard to give you a night of enchantment, whimsy, and fun while supporting a worthy cause. We’ve got everything food, libations, and plenty of entertainment, including NWA’s own Boom Kinetic. Additionally, the event hosts a wine and cigar pull, fabulous silent and live auction, stilt walkers, silk aerialists, and a tarot reader to boot. Come one, come all and help support the CSC!

2017 Dream Big Charity Gala Co-Chair, Sarah White – Saatchi & Saatchi X